“Gathering Grace” — UUS:E Virtual Worship, November 28, 2021

Gathering Music (Dorothy Bognar) (begins at 9:50)

Welcome and Announcements



“If Music Be the Food of Love”
by Henry Purcell

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words
words by Albert Einstein

Opening Hymn

“Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing”
#126 in Singing the Living Tradition

Come, thou fount of ev’ry blessing,
tune our hearts to sing thy grace.
Streams of mercy never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise
While the hope of life’s perfection
fills our hearts with joy and love,
Teach us ever to be faithful,
may we still thy goodness prove.

Come, thou fount of ev’ry vision, 
lift our eyes to what may come.
See the lion and the young lamb
dwell together in thy home.
Hear the cries of war fall silent
feel our love glow like the sun.
When we all serve one another,
then our heaven is begun.

Come, thou fount of inspiration
turn our lives to higher ways.
Lift our gloom and desperation,
show the promise of this day.
Help us bind ourselves in union, 
help our hands tell of our love.
With thine aid, O fount of justice,
earth be fair as heav’n above.


From “A Grateful Heart”
edited by M. J. Ryan

Joys and Concerns

Silent Meditation


For the month of November, our regular community outreach offering will be dedicated to Manchester Senior, Adult, and Family Services, which works to improve the quality of life and help maintain the independence of Manchester residents by offering information, referral, outreach, advocacy, assessment of needs and individual consultation on human services benefits and programs.

Offering Music

“Java Jive”
composed by Ben Oakland and Milton Drake

“Gathering Grace”
contributions from Sue McMillen and Mary Lawrence

Closing Hymn

“We Sing Now Together”
(verses 1, 3 and 4)
#67 in Singing the Living Tradition

We sing now together our song of thanksgiving,
rejoicing in goods which the ages have wrought,
for Life that enfolds us, and helps and heals and holds us,
and leads beyond the goals which our forebears once sought.

We sing of the prophets, the teachers, the dreamers,
designers, creators, and workers, and seers;
our own lives expanding, our gratitude commanding,
their deeds have made immortal their days and their years.

We sing of community now in the making
in every far continent, region, and land;
with those of all races, all times and names and places,
we pledge ourselves in covenant firmly to stand.

Closing Words

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Circle

May faith in the spirit of life,
And hope for the community of Earth,
And love of the light in each other,
Be ours now, and in all the days to come.



“May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You”
W/M Meredith Wilson
performed by Dorothy Bognar

Virtual Coffee Hour / Zoom Breakout Rooms